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2014 Mazda3 shines as a car

The 2014 Mazda3 5-Door (AP Photo?/Mazda)

Since debuting as a third-generation model, the 2014 has been racking up the accolades — and good reason.

Mazda’s five-seat sedan and hatchback are to look more expensive ever and even give designers a run for the money.

The Mazda3 get more power from four-cylinder engines for 2014 but earned a federal government economy rating of 30 miles per in city driving and 41mpg on the This is with the smaller, four cylinder and automatic

Plus, the Mazda3 is predicted to better than average according to Consumer Reports

And there’s a new, broad of upscale features that can add to the Mazda3, including lane warning, forward collision adaptive front headlights and an head-up display that vehicle speed right in of the driver, up by the windshield. These haven’t typically been on cars in this segment and class.

Best of all, the front-wheel 2014 Mazda3 impresses its solid handling, good control and top-of-the-pack steering.

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The test Mazda3 was fun to drive on mountain roads, where it slower, less poised while holding tenaciously to its

To be sure, the 2014 Mazda3 is not a basement car. Starting suggested retail price, destination charge, of $17,740 for a sedan with six-speed transmission is more than the starting retail price for a Nissan Sentra sedan a six-speed manual.

The price difference grows the addition of an automatic transmission: The retail price for a 2014 sedan rises to $18,790 with the 2014 Sentra’s price with automatic of

The Mazda3 five-door hatchback has retail prices that are than the sedan’s. A base, Mazda3 hatchback starts at with six-speed manual and with automatic.

With than 3.5 million sales the Mazda3 is the best-selling model for Mazda car company. U.S. of the Mazda3 last calendar totaled 123,361, but sales are this year because of the to the new-generation Mazda3.

This be a temporary blip, given all the the new Mazda3 is getting.

It was named one of Car and magazine’s 10 best cars for and received a Residual Value because it’s expected to its value better than competitors.

This month, the 2014 also received an inaugural Vehicle of the Year Award by the Press Guild.

The Mazda3 is than a nice small Based on the test car, the new expertly dials in driving while still being with gas and offering practical room.

The test Mazda3 hatchback was at the high end of pricing, out at more than $29,400.

But lower-priced-trim models have good looks inside and finally dropping Mazda’s big grin front grille.

The felt larger than in the Mazda3, thanks in part to pillars around the windshield are set some 4 inches farther than on last year’s

Plus, the car’s wheelbase — the from the middle of a wheel on one of the car to the middle of the wheel on the same of the car — is some 2.5 inches longer the previous Mazda3.

The car is 1.6 inches too.

But intriguingly, the approximately 2014 Mazda3 is nearly 2 shorter, overall, in its body end to end.

This keeps the right-sized for tight city spots and makes interior at least in the front seats, There are 42.2 inches of in the front seat of a Mazda3 vs. 42.5 inches in the front of a Nissan Sentra.

But in the back the Mazda3’s 35.8 inches of is less than the 37.4 in the Sentra’s back seat. At the Mazda3’s rear-seat headroom of inches is more than the inches in the Sentra.

Trunk space, however, in the Sentra’s favor: 15.1 feet vs. 12.4 cubic in the Mazda3 sedan.

Remember, that cargo space to 47.1 cubic feet in the hatchback with the rear folded down.

Passengers sit to the pavement in the 4.8-foot-tall Mazda3 in many other vehicles, so views are blocked by vans, utility vehicles and taller in front.

Still, front in particular were immensely and looked good, too, in black leather trim.

The in the test Mazda3 five was a bit on the noisy side, with a amount of road noise through. There was wind at highway speeds, too.

But the shifts from the six-speed transmission were smooth, and shifters and a Sport mode a sporty feel.

Because the model was an s” Grand version of Mazda3, it came the uplevel, 2.5-liter, double cam four cylinder. It generates a 184 horsepower. Peak torque of 185 came on at a usable 3,250

Still, the tester easily the federal government’s 32 mpg rating in city/highway travel.

Note the Mazda3’s base, 2-liter, overhead cam four cylinder a decent 155 horsepower and 150 foot-pounds of at 4,000 rpm. Many have lower-powered engines. The sedan, for example, comes a 130-horsepower four cylinder 128 foot-pounds of torque at 3,600

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